Escaped Inmate Faces New Charges
DENVER (CBS4)– The man who escaped from the Denver jail and then turned himself in appeared before a judge Thursday morning.
Felix Trujillo surrendered to officers near 50th and Federal Blvd. Wednesday afternoon after he escaped from the Denver jail on Sunday.
Trujillo, 24, has been charged with first degree kidnapping charges and felony escape.
Trujillo appeared in court in handcuffs wearing a bright orange prison jumpsuit and eyeglasses.
He was advised of the charges against him without an attorney or public defender at his side.
Judge Claudia Jordan set his bond at $100,000 and added that he was under “intense supervision” and must wear a monitoring device.
Police said Trujillo had help escaping from the inside.
Denver Deputy Matthew Andrews is accused of helping Trujillo by providing a sheriff’s jacket, pants, hat and utility belt, which allowed the prisoner to masquerade as a deputy and walk out of the facility.
“We continue to review our policies and our procedures and our training to make sure this issue or this problem will never happen again,” said Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson during Wednesday’s news conference. “We take these issues very seriously and I can tell you as head of the agency I am very disturbed over this situation.
Sources have told CBS4 that from there Andrews, 36, drove Trujillo to an area north of Denver and dropped him off.
Police would not elaborate if that location was near where Trujillo turned himself in to police.
“We have him in custody. That is a great relief to us based on the crimes. We still have a lot of work to do. There will be a lot of warrants and information that will be coming out of this,” said Denver Police Cmdr. Ron Saunier.
The incident was the first escape from Denver’s new city jail, and Andrews says he was acting out of fear for his physical safety.
Marilyn Annette Reeves is being held by Denver police in connection with Trujillo’s escape. Reeves was arrested Tuesday night and is being held at the Denver jail, and so far there’s been no explanation about how she may have helped Trujillo out or what her relationship is to him.
“There could be more arrests to come for those who were out there assisting him that were working on hiding him. We’re going to be looking at the entire picture in this case,” said Saunier.